SpokenWord open mic every Monday from 2nd Jan au Chat Noir, Open Secret (the open mic at the Bistrot des Artistes) every Wednesday.

SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do two open mic nights (SpokenWord every Monday, Open Secret every Wednesday) and a writers’ workshop at Shakespeare & Company (every Sunday.) We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.

SpokenWord Sounds
A monthly podcast of SpokenWord Paris, by Victor. Listen or download here.

SpokenWord
Every Monday Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the
Practical info page for more info. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All langues welcome. Entry one euro.

Themes
Check next week’s theme here

Open Secret 
Every Wednesday David Leo Sirois hosts his open mic for poetry & song at the Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 75005, métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or St Michel (line 4.) Sign up 8.30pm. Themes annnounced by the mailing list and on facebook. Free.

The Other Writers’ Group
At Shakespeare & Company every Sunday from 8th Jan in 2017

In 2005 I could only find one anglophone writers’ group in Paris and it was at a time I couldn’t make. So I started this one, the other writers’ group. It’s become an excellent feedback workshop running every Sunday. 6.30pm-8.30pm at Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005. Suggested donation 5 euros. Bring your writing or just come and listen join the discussion. Hosted by me, Bruce Sherfield and other regulars. Description Join us afterwards for a drink. Cheers, David Barnes

Chat Noir sketch drawn by Allison Iwata.

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Mark Norman Harris to Guest at SpokenWord Paris May 1st–Monday’s Theme: The Waiting Room

16602449_1870097669904816_7363330354534792373_oMark Norman Harris is a 29 year old Canadian artist living in Paris.  His work is based in performance, music and writing although he is an avid painter.   He studied religion and semiotics at the University of Toronto. Prior to living in Paris he was in Nepal where he wrote for the Kathmandu Post, and created an artist exchange program that brought artists to rural villages  for workshops and performances.   Mark is currently recording an album with Quvib records in Paris, and is the organizer of the Cabaret Voltaire. His play The Penal Clause, a « hiphopera » satire on freemasonry, was featured and the conceptual theatre festival Fourplay in April of this year.  Most of his work is explores themes of religion, absurdity, politics, and alienation.

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Paige Taggart to Guest at SpokenWord Paris April 24th–Monday’s Theme: Memory

17857400_10154478561643807_1866598505_nPaige Taggart is from Northern California and currently resides in Brooklyn. She is the author of two full-length collections, Or Replica (Brooklyn Arts Press, Dec 2014) and Want for Lion (Trembling Pillow Press, March 2014) and 5 chapbooks, most recently I am Writing To You From Another Country; Translations of Henri Michaux (Greying Ghost Press). With her partner Sampson Starkweather (founding editor of Birds LLC) she runs an occasional reading series The Ecstasy and The Ecstasy, which focuses on bringing out of town, diverse readers to Brooklyn to read. She graduated from the New School with her MFA in Poetry in 2008. In 2009 she was awarded the NYFA in poetry and she served on the NYFA board of judges for poetry in 2011. She runs her own small business, a jewelry line (mactaggartjewelry.com) that specifically specializes in blinging-out poets, she also publishes these poets’s poems on her site alongside images of them wearing her jewelry. As well she runs an interview tumblr series called Poets Touching Trees.
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Open Secret, 2nite! Letters to a Young Poet. With writer Cordula Frei, & poet John Hoggett!

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Open Secret! Your own personal community open mic, Wednesdays @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, in the Latin Quarter. Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4). 8pm, nightlong sign-up begins, & at 9 the show.

Tonight, two special things – some Germanophones (like brilliant Swiss writer Cordula Frei) & Anglophones shall read from the letters of Rainer Maria Rilke, as well as his poetry, in German & English. The theme is of course the title of his famous colllection, “Letters to a Young Poet.”

Also, catch John Hoggett again (Monday’s SpokenWord feature)!
John Hoggett is a Pinko Commie Queer, dedicated homosexualist, environmentalist and wordsmith. He performs regularly at Lets Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs in Ku Bar, Soho, London and has performed at most Climate Camps…

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John Hoggett to Guest at SpokenWord Paris April 17th–Monday’s Theme: Sleaze

John Hoggett is a Pinko Commie Queer, dedicated homosexualist, environmentalist and wordsmith. He performs regularly at Lets Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs in Ku Bar, Soho, London and has performed at most Climate Camps.drag1-0801 (1)

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Open Secret, 2nite! “Freedom within form.” Poet Thomas Spencer!

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Open Secret! Your own personal community open mic, Wednesdays @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, in the Latin Quarter. Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4). 8pm, nightlong sign-up starts, & at 9 the show! Our theme this evening is inspired by the gift our featured poet, Thomas Spencer, has for using his genius for craft, then breaking away from it, & finding “Freedom within form.” You’ll just have to hear him, before he shuffles off to India…

Thomas Spencer is an Australian born environmentalist and part time writer. He writes in a range of styles, from serious poems in traditional forms, to ridiculous children’s poetry, to risqué satire. He’s been a regular at different Paris-based open mic nights and has published in different magazines. He will be moving to Mumbai in April 2017, where he will spread the Paris open mic scene far and wide.

See you at the Bistrot 2nite, for some high verse, high & low humour, & general camaraderie! 🙂

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March in photos

Published books, prizewinners, guest poets ….here is a March photo selection!

Photography by Sabine Dundure 

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SpokenWord February in photos

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Chris Newens and Alice Selwyn Grace to Guest at SpokenWord Paris April 10th–Monday’s Theme: Music

Chris Newens is 30 and from Kingston-upon-Thames, UK. A sometime journalist, sometime playwright, before helping to set up Fourplay he was co-founder of its predecessor, The Montmartre Dionysia, and so has been behind the push for more English theatre in Paris for almost four years. His journalism, meanwhile, recently won him the Financial Times/Bodley Head Essay Prize 2016.

Alice Selwyn Brace is 23 and from Kingston-upon-Thames, UK. A journalist and editor for several publications including Louis Vuitton Travel Guides and fashion magazine Wheretoget, she co-founded Fourplay in 2015 after acting in and directing numerous productions around Paris, including for the Montmartre Dionysia and Shakespeare & Co. bookshop.

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Open Secret, 2nite! “The Waste Land.” Writer Jason Stoneking…

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Open Secret! Your community open mic, every Wednesday @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais (but all languages are welcome) in the 5th. Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4). At 8pm, nightlong sign-up begins, & at 9 le spectacle commencera! Our featured writer this Wednesday is Jason Stoneking – many of you (& many across the world) know his work well.  (See his bio below).

Our theme this Wednesday shall be “The Waste Land.”

Jason’s bio:
Jason Stoneking is an American essayist, poet, and performance artist based in Paris, France. He has authored two volumes of poetry and four collections of essays, and has performed his art and writing internationally for more than twenty years at venues ranging from the main stage at Lollapalooza to the Pont Neuf in Paris and the rooftops of Cairo. He is currently working on a vaguely defined epistolary project, and trying to pour the universe into a paper bag.

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Noman Hosni to Guest at SpokenWord Paris April 3rd–Monday’s Theme: Parenthood

17669048_10154476008571699_2018708142_oNoman Hosni isn’t really the kind of guy you can easily pigeonhole. An expert Jack-of-all-trades, he’s a collector of vocations: director, host of the famous TV show Garage on TSR 2, avid practitioner of extreme sports—one might understandably assume he’s hyperactive. His role models include Ricky Gervais, Michael McIntyre, and Daniel Tosh, among many others. After a trip to the legendary stand-up clubs of the United States in 2006, he finally decided to take the plunge and go into comedy. Winner of the 2009 Night of Humor, he was an accomplished member of the Swiss Comedy Club, where he honed his style night after night. After performing at the Montreux Comedy Club in 2010, he participated in the Open du Rire for Radio Rire et Chansons. A Debjam Comedy prizewinner, he was chosen by Jamel Debbouze for the Marrakech Festival of Laughter and invited to join the Comedy Club troupe in Paris starting in September 2011. Hosni also performs in English with the International Comedy Club (formerly known as Funny Laundry) in Geneva , Lausanne , and Zurich . In the not-so-distant future—who knows?—he may even take the boards of London by storm. In the meantime, one thing’s for sure: the sky’s the limit for Noman Hosni.
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